The Issue Of The Physician Aid For Dying ( Pad ) Essay

745 Words Sep 5th, 2016 3 Pages
As Bill C-14 has been legalized in Canada on June 2016, there are still a lot of questions and concerns regarding physician aid in dying (PAD), and whether it is lawful and ethical.

Some people debate that only God has the right to terminate a life or that a doctor must abide by his Hippocratic Oath swearing “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.” while others argue that a terminal ill patient has the right to a dignified and peaceful death on his/her own terms.

According to history, euthanasia was practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome and comes from the Greek word “εὐθανασία” meaning "good death”. As well, in ancient Greece, suicide of the patient who was suffering extreme pain and had an incurable terminal illness was made easy, and for this reason, the physician gave him a poisoned drink. Plato (Greek philosopher) wrote: "Mentally and physically ill persons should be left to death; they do not have the right to live." This however was not the case with Pythagoras (Greek philosopher), who was completely against euthanasia due to his religious beliefs that “the Gods place the man as the protector of the earthly life and he is not allowed to escape with his own will”.

In today’s modern world, and with the help of Bill C-14, dying patients who are suffering unbearable pain, will have the choice of a peaceful death and the vulnerable will be protected from…

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